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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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House of Commons

How representation of the people, and the powers of those representatives, developed from the 19th century onwards

Reform Acts

From the 18th century onwards, industrial growth brought about social changes, resulting in demands from the working and middles classes for representative democracy which took years to be achieved

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